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B7: The History of Drug Prohibition in Mexico with Nidia Olivera

June 30, 2020

This week’s ep features Nidia Olivera, who is a professor at the National School of Anthropology teaching history and drug history specifically. She is also a current PhD candidate at the Mora Institute, where she is looking at the ancient and modern history of psychoactive substances and drug policies in Mexico. 

We talked about the history of drug prohibition in Mexico from the time the Spanish arrived through the 1950’s. We covered a wide swath of history and we couldn’t cover everything, so I’m including some additional resources below. Feel free to reach out on @DrugsHistory or on email, drugshistory@gmail.com

Nidia’s suggested resources: 

https://chacruna.net/why-continue-calling-cannabis/

https://www.historyextra.com/period/modern/1940-the-year-mexico-legalised-drugs/

https://researchguides.library.wisc.edu/c.php?g=560513&p=3904772

Some others:

If you like Mike Duncan’s Revolutions podcast, check out season 9. A Narco History is a short book that gives a good high level political history. Dawn Paley’s Drug War Capitalism provides an interesting theory in terms of the economic role of deciding specific drug policies.